DJ Rekha is a producer, curator, and educator based in New York City. She is founder of Basement Bhangra™ and Bollywood Disco nights and co-founder of Mutiny Club night. She was named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times.
Rekha and her frequent collaborator, Dave Sharma, performed their compositions at Chicago Symphony Hall for the Sinfonetta in 2015. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, Bridge and Tunnel, received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on the play Rafta Rafta, and is associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, A Feet in Two Worlds.
Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra, was released in 2007 and, in 2009, she was inducted into the NYC People's Hall of Fame. Her record label, Beat Bazaar Music, issued its debut single release, Pyar Baile, worldwide in November 2011. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage, was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015, and has performed internationally.
Panjabi MC album, The Raj, turns ten and yielded one of his unintended biggest tunes, as well as one that reflects the sounds of the 2010’s. Plus, Divine, Delhi’s Reggae Rajahs, and an expert in dubanomics in the beyond segment.
DJ Rekha encourages all to stay home for Thanksgiving while dropping new tracks from Kaur B, and a potential new anthem from Bambi Bains. Plus, selects from Mumbai based label Krunk Collective in the beyond section.
Apache Indian digs into his musical beginnings with a new collaboration with Hunterz. DJ Vix gives the first Desi song by crooner Jay Sean more Desi treatment, plus selections from the Chalo compilation in the beyond segment.
Pav Dharia finally makes the Bollywood leap, but on her show today DJ Rekha programs the original version of the Australian producer. Plus, a double shot of songs comparing women to whiskey, and a very personal Riz Ahmed track.
New tracks by Bups Saggu and Fateh, plus, in the beyond segment, DJ Rekha selects her favs from one of Bollywoods’ most iconic movies “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” – This year it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
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